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May 17, 2011

Grant to continue Sibley Music Library’s digitization program

sheet musicSibley Music Library at the Eastman School has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Award of $300,000 to support its continuing efforts to digitize music scores in the public domain.

This is the second NEH grant that the library has received for the project, which provides free online access to rare and unique scores that are no longer protected by copyright, are not widely held by other libraries, and are not digitized elsewhere. The 2009 award resulted in the digitization of 9,600 public domain scores, a total of 303,000 pages of digitized music.

The program has become an important source of music for scholars and musicians around the world. To date, Sibley has digitized more than 11,000 public domain scores and books, accounting for more than three million downloads from the University’s Digital Repository “UR Research” (https://urresearch.rochester.edu).

The new grant will support the digitization of 9,500 additional scores from May 2011 through September 2012. The award supports the hiring of two additional staff members. Administering the project are library staff members Alice Carli, conservator, and Jim Farrington, head of public services. Linda Blair, head of cataloging, provides bibliographic assistance.

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